14. 10. 2019

JPN W: Typhoon Hagibis still dictates V.League schedule, teenager Hayashi leads Marvelous to first win

Source: vleague.jp; Photo: JTマーヴェラス/Facebook

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Last season’s play-off semifinalists JT Marvelous recorded their first win in the 2019/20 Japanese Women’s Volleyball Championship regular season.

 

Just like in the opening round of the season, Round 2 of the 2019/20 V.League Division 1 was incomplete as well due to the country’s fight against the Typhoon Hagibis. Only two out four matches that were scheduled for October 13 took place. In one of these, JT Marvelous, led by the teenage outside hitter Kotona Hayashi (23 points), recorded their first win: 3-2 (25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 12-25, 17-15) vs. Kurobe Aqua Fairies. The head coach of the team from Nishinomiya, Tomoko Yoshihara, will soon have her summer recruit Andrea Drews back into the squad. The American has just finished competing at the NORCECA Continental Championship. The opposite hitter Akane Ukishima top-scored for the Aqua Fairies with 24 points.

The Turkish international from Toyota Auto Body Queenseis, Neriman Özsoy, repeated her scoring output from Round 1 and notched 20 points against PFU Blue Cats. Her team was successful on the road by a 3-0 (25-17, 25-11, 25-19).

2019/20 V.League Division 1, regular season – Round 2

Premier Conference (October 13):

Denso Airybees – Okayama Seagulls, postponed

Hisamitsu Springs – NEC Red Rockets, potsponed

Star Conference (October 13):

JT Marvelous – Kurobe Aqua Fairies 3-2 (25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 12-25, 17-15)

PFU Blue Cats - Toyota Auto Body Queenseis 0-3 (17-25, 11-25, 19-25)

Standings

 

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